Throughout the Middle East this week, thoughts are turning to the first anniversary of the October War, which engulfed the area on October 6 last year.
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Background: Throughout the Middle East this week, thoughts are turning to the first anniversary of the October War, which engulfed the area on October 6 last year.
For some, it's a time of celebration. In Egypt, these celebrations are due to last week. A highlight will be a two-hour parade of armed forces and latest weapons reviewed by President Anwar Sadat.
Cairo is being decked out for the occasion with multi-coloured triumphal arches spanning some of the main streets. But the city already wears a totally different aspect to that during the October War.
As opposed to last yea's blackout, the lights blaze out from shops and entertainments; and stores are packed with commodities that had disappeared entirely last year.
Other cities find the legacy of war less easy conceal. Kuneitra, the strategic centre of fighting on the Golan Heights, has been compared to Stalingrad, which was levelled by World War Two fighting.
The Syrians claim that before the Israelis handed the city back earlier this year, they systematically destroyed what buildings had survived the fighting. For their part, the Israelis believe that Syria's refusal to reconstruct Kuneitra means that the Arabs could be planning another war -- thee would be no point in rebuilding the city only to destroy in renewed fighting.
The final word seems to rest with the Syrians, who claim that it is pointless to reconstruct while the Israelis control traffic flow into the city and still hold tow hills which dominate Kuneitra.
SYNOPSIS: Flags ware the first sign of the impending celebrations. Later the city was to be decked out with triumphal arches for the parades. Immediately after last year's war, a huge variety of commodities were in short supply. Today, it's still difficult to obtain the odd item--particularly soap, matches and sugar--but generally the commerciallife of the city is back to normal.
Other cities find the legacy of war less easy to conceal. This is Kuneitra, strategic capital of the Golan Heights, captured from the Syrians in 1967 and scene of fighting again last year. Though it has now been handed back to the Syrians, the devastation remains almost complete. The Syrians have accused the israelis of systematically destroying the buildings that survived the fighting before handing the city back earlier this year.